Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Vid Of The Day: Fire

From Steve Hatchett and Vimeo, an impressive time-lapse view of the 2005 Simi Valley fire that consumed 25,000 acres. The fire was filmed over 28 hours with three different cameras. Watch for Mars, Orion and the Moon rising at various times in the night sky.

Documentary Film Of The Day: Man On Wire


It’s summer 1974, and the biggest news stories (depending on your age) involve looking up: Nixon choppers out of Dodge for the last time, and Evel Knievel rides a red-white-and-blue rocket high over Snake River Canyon. Can anyone top that? Mais oui! French street performer Philippe Petit successfully mashed up elements of both stories (lawbreaking, risk-taking, spectacle) by walking a tightrope between the barely completed Twin Towers in New York City.

James Marsh’s dizzying documentary Man on Wire (limited release begins 7/25) plays like the best heist movie, with Petit and his co-conspirators plotting for months to pull off the impossible (and the truly terrifying). Prepare to shudder like Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo as Petit takes his first steps between the buildings.

You wait for the inevitable epilogue, but Marsh takes the high road. A beautifully chilling photograph, taken from street level, of Petit and a commercial airliner frozen between the towers says enough.

Buy it here:

Classic Comedy Clip Of The Day

Yeah, yeah, I know it's old, but I'd never seen the full clip (and this isn't even all of it) until recently. Chappelle makes me laugh like hell.

The guy telling the story is Charlie Murphy, Eddie's brother.

Open with caution - the clip contains language and racial slurs.

Worth1000: Mate A Movie

Two movies, mated. Another great Photoshop contest from, and brilliant entries from its readers.

And my two all-time favorites from previous contests

If I were any good at all at Photoshop, I might try:

Dennis The Menace II Society
The Dark Knight Of The Lepus
Boogie Nights Of The Lepus
Oceans Se7en
I Know Who Killed Marley & Me
Cloverfield Of Dreams
Reservoir Dogs Go To Heaven

News Story Of The Day: Go Granny

I wish I could see the little shit when he gets back around his friends. They'll have a field day with him.

Armed 85-year-old woman makes intruder call cops

An 85-year-old woman boldly went for her gun and busted a would-be burglar inside her home, then forced him to call police while she kept him in her sights, police said.

"I just walked right on past him to the bedroom and got my gun," Leda Smith said.

Smith heard someone break into her home Sunday afternoon and grabbed the .22-caliber revolver she had been keeping by her bed since a neighbor's home was burglarized a few weeks ago. "I said 'What are you doing in my house?' He just kept saying he didn't do it," Smith said.

After the 17-year-old boy called 911, Smith kept holding the gun on him until state police arrived at her home in Springhill Township, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The boy will be charged with attempted burglary and related offenses in juvenile court, Trooper Christian Lieberum said. He was not identified because of his age.

"It was exciting," Smith said. "I just hope I broke up the (burglary) ring because they have been hitting a lot of places around here."

Here she is a few days earlier, practicing her shooting.

Vid Of The Day: Elvis Alive

A video clip of today's Sponsor Of The Day (see sidebar) in action.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Many thanks to Berit for the link - I think.


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